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zero

Photo: Manuel Vason and Hugo Glendinning

Set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featuring an explosive cast of performers, Clod Ensemble's latest work is a turbulent mix of dance, music and visual theatre.

Zero is a world where nothing is certain - where women can be tigers and men can be snakes. Families, marriages and friendships are laced with sibling rivalries, frustrated desires and murderous ambitions. Heavens open and lives fall apart. Here, we are all at the mercy of the stormy weather.

At least we can still sing the blues.

"Clark’s score for Zero is an exhilarating bluesy collage, performed live with singer Hazel Holder and the veteran bluesman Johnny Mars." The Guardian

"Willson’s eye for the power of breaking established movement patterns is revelatory. Her performers create their own visual language onstage: tough, savvy, a combination of classical rigour and popular culture irony and playfulness... Singers Johnny Mars and Hazel Holder provide stunning vocal accompaniment to a five-piece band performing catchy, compelling songs and thrilling music throughout. A recorded soundtrack of radio voices splices snippets of interviews with people about love, loss, conflict and politics, making this as much an auditory as a visual experience." The Stage

"Probably the best thing I have ever seen." Mayfest Diaries

"Beautifully but sparingly lit, this is dance theatre with real power and a clear story to tell. Seldom does modern dance have so clear a narrative that lifts this from simply being an exercise in disciplined athleticism to real theatre." The Latest

 

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Credits

Direction & Choreography by
Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Lyrics by Peggy Shaw and Paul Clark
Designer Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting Designer Hansjorg Schmidt

 

Musicians

Johnny Mars, Hazel Holder, Christopher Allan, Ian Watson, Annie Whitehead, Vanessa Domonique, John Evans, Desmond Neysmith

Performers include

Sarah Cameron, Elizabeth Mischler, Zoe Bywater, Ramona Nagabczynska, Uri Roodner, Alessandra Ruggeri , Robert Bell, Maciej Kuzminzski, Antonia Grove, Karima El Amrani

Zero has been performed at

The Corn Exchange, Brighton, as part of the Brighton Festival
Bristol Old Vic as part of Mayfest
Sadler’s Wells, London
Malvern Theatres

Commissioned by

Sadler’s Wells and Brighton Festival in partnership with South East Dance

Supported by

Research supported by Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Funded by

Leche Trust, The Hinrichsen Foundation and PRSF.